Roque Baños

Roque Baños López (born 1 May 1968) is a Spanish music composer. Baños graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 1995 and has since scored both Spanish and English-language films. He has received numerous awards for his compositional work, including the Spanish Goya Award for Best Original Score in both 2008 and 2009.[1]

Roque Baños
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Background information
Birth nameRoque Baños López
Born (1968-05-01) 1 May 1968 (age 52)
Jumilla, Murcia, Spain
GenresJazz, film music
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Jumilla, Baños has been involved in music his whole life, his father being a saxophonist, and he himself completed a basic saxophone degree at the Upper Music Conservatory of Murcia. In 1986, Baños moved to Madrid where he attended the Real Conservatorio Superior and continued his musical studies, obtaining professional degrees in the saxophone, piano, harmony, counterpoint, composition, instrumentation and conducting. In 1993 he received a grant from the Ministry of Culture to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and it was as a student at Berklee that he would develop his aspirations to compose film scores and jazz.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Although Baños initially developed his skills as a concert musician, he soon decided to focus on composition. His approach to film music is due to his education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. There, he studied music composition with David Spear and orchestral direction with Gregory Fridge, specializing in composition for film scores and jazz, winning several awards, among them the Robert Share Award for showing the highest dramatic level in the area of film score. He graduated with summa cum laude in the branches of film score and jazz composition.

Back in Spain, after a brief period in the short film scene, he began to compose for the big screen thanks to actor Gabino Diego. Since then he has composed many works along with fellow Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias.

In 2008, he received the Goya Award for Best Original Score for the soundtrack of Las 13 rosas.[2]

He scored an English-language major studio film for the first time with the 2013 horror film Evil Dead.

Musical influencesEdit

His music is notable for a great jazz influence, as showed in the majority of his works and especially in El robo más grande jamás contado (The Biggest Robbery Never Told).


English language

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2000 Sexy Beast Jonathan Glazer
2004 The Machinist Brad Anderson
2008 The Oxford Murders Álex de la Iglesia
2013 Evil Dead Fede Álvarez IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film[3]
Nominated — IFMCA Award for Film Score of the Year
Nominated — Fright Meter Award for Best Score[4]
Oldboy Spike Lee
2015 Regression Alejandro Amenábar
In the Heart of the Sea Ron Howard
2016 Risen Kevin Reynolds
Don't Breathe Fede Álvarez
2018 The Commuter Jaume Collet-Serra
The Miracle Season Sean McNamara
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Terry Gilliam Nominated — Goya Award for Best Original Song (Shared with Tessy Díez)[5]
The Girl in the Spider's Web Fede Álvarez
2020 Come Play Jacob Chase
His House Remi Weekes

Spanish language


  1. ^ a b "BIOGRAPHY" (Web page). (in English and Spanish). NUMEN estudio. 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  2. ^ "El músico jumillano Roque Baños gana un Goya por la banda sonora de 'Las 13 rosas'". La Verdad. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  3. ^ "2013 IFMCA Awards". International Film Music Critics Association. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "2013 Fright Meter Award Nominations". Fright Meter Awards. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Lang, Jamie (December 12, 2018). "'The Realm,' 'Champions,' Cruz and Bardem Among Spanish Academy Goya Nominations". Variety. Retrieved February 22, 2020.

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